Steve Bantly: Court ruling serves special interests

May 5, 2014 

The recent Supreme Court decision (McCutcheon v. FEC) is a sad event for American democracy: It allows wealthy individuals to donate unlimited money – along with the Citizens United ruling, allowing corporations to give equally large amounts – to help elect politicians who support their special interest agendas. An example is a recent election in New Hampshire, where massive amounts of money from special interest groups (mainly the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity) financed negative political ads to narrowly defeat a popular candidate in favor of a candidate supporting a special-interest agenda.

These rulings are the result of the court packed with activist justices who have – in many people’s view – controversial right-wing opinions. Justices Scalia and Thomas are examples. Supreme Court justices are entitled to a points of view, but it should be tempered by their knowledge of the law and the overall effects these decisions will have on average citizens – something not in evidence. I don’t believe corporations are people. A corporation is a for-profit, multiple-person agency with a special interest agenda and financial resources a single individual doesn’t have, and wealthy individuals have a distinct advantage over working people when funding election campaigns.

Farewell Democracy. Hello oligarchy.

STEVE BANTLY

Merced

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service